1981 DeLorean DMC-12 / 0726015143 Chassis Information

Chassis #: 0726015143
Sold for $110,000 at 2007 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction.
This particular DeLorean was powered by a two-liter, four-cylinder engine by Citroen, mounted transversely and placed mid-ship. There is a four-speed manual transaxle, fiberglass monocoque tub with front and rear stainless steel subframes. Suspension is independent in both the front and rear with disc brakes on all four corners.

The creation was inspired by John Z. DeLorean with the legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro tasked with creating the design. The result was a futuristic stainless steel sports car with gullwing doors and first shown to the public at the 1977 Detroit Auto Show. It was shown on the covers of Car & Driver and Road & Track magazine in July of 1977, then by Motor Trend in September of that same year.

It was given the name DMC-12, in reference to its target price of $12,000, and was a sensation and provocative new product that shocked the automotive community. When production began, its twelve-thousand dollar price figure more than doubled. It had dual airbags, side impact protection, four-wheel disc brakes and a tire pressure monitoring system.

It would take four years before the first production cars would roll off the Belfast, Northern Ireland production line in 1981. After such a long delay, the allure had begun to erode, and it quickly degraded even further when many of the promises failed to materialize. The bodies retained the same basic shape, finished in stainless steel, but lacked the interchangeable body panels that was shown on the concept. The frame was no longer made from stainless, but produced in conventional steel. The concept had a mid-engine placement while the production versions had a rear-engine setup. The reason for the replacement of the planned Citroen power plant with one sourced from Renault that did not have an appropriate transaxle for the mid-engine concept.

Funding soon ran out just shortly after production began and the company was forced into receivership by the close of 1982. The British government ordered the factory closed in 1983 after just 8,500 examples had been produced.

This vehicle was brought to the 2007 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction presented by RM Auctions, where it had an estimated value of $75,000 - $100,000. It was offered without reserve, which worked well for the buyer who purchased the car for a high bid of $33,000 including buyer's premium.

Delorean Prototype
This vehicle is the DMC-12 prototype, complete with stainless steel, rust-proof chassis, and mid-mounted Citroen engine. The mid-engine placement is better for weight distribution resulting in superior handling. The interior is also different from the production versions. It has a sophisticated dashboard which incorporates gauges for an air bag and tire pressure sensors.

After the fold of the DeLorean Corporation, this car was offered for sale at the Rick Cole Newport Beach Collector Car auction, in November of 1984. It was acquired by a young lawyer named William Yacobozzi who had the car put into long term storage. It was not shown for nearly 20 years.

The prototype was uncovered by Sascha Skucek, a DeLorean Owners Association member. The car had been moved a few times since the sale, but had not been started since the auction. It still had its 741 miles on the odometer.

The car was sold in 2005 to the DLOA member Tony Ierardi. Over the next year the car was restored to correct, as new specification and condition. All components, in need, were restored and not replaced.

In 2007 the car was brought to the Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction presented by RM Auctions, where it had an estimated value of $175,000 - $300,000. Though the vehicle had a reserve, the lot was sold for a price of $110,000.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007

2007 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$175,000-$300,000 
Sale Price :
$110,000

2019 4
2018 16
2017 14
2016 10
2015 8
2014 14
2013 9
2012 9
2011 8
2010 19

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$37,950$40,7004
2018$38,984$77,00016
2017$30,996$47,89614
2016$34,676$63,80010
2015$31,747$57,1208
2014$26,877$55,00014
2013$27,232$35,2009
2012$27,216$47,1779
2011$23,217$40,4768
2010$25,386$51,70019

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1981 sales)
1981 DELOREAN DMC-12
Chassis#: SCEDT26T2BD002873
Sold for $39,600
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1981 DeLorean DMC-12
Sold for $33,000
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1981 DeLorean DMC-12
Sold for $38,500
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1981 DeLorean DMC-12
Sold for $40,700
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1981 Delorean Dmc-12
Sold for $15,400
  2018 Mecum : Kansas City
 
1981 DeLorean DMC-12 (Auto)
Chassis#: SCEDT26T1CD010027
Sold for $54,004
  2018 Silverstone Auctions : NEC Classic Motor Show
 
1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé
Chassis#: SCEDT26T6BD005730
Sold for $44,894
  2018 Bonhams : Beaulieu Sale
 
1981 DeLorean DMC-12
Chassis#: SCEDT26T2BD-002873
Sold for $30,250
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Auburn Auction
 
1981 DeLorean DMC-12
Chassis#: SCEDT26T5BD005444
Sold for $19,250
  2018 Mecum : Monterey
 
1981 Delorean DMC-12
Sold for $77,000
  2018 Mecum : Hershey
 
1981 Delorean DMC-12
Sold for $35,200
  2018 Mecum : Hershey
 
1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé
Chassis#: SCEDT26T4BD006424
Sold for $28,750
  2018 Bonhams : Goodwood
 
1981 DELOREAN DMC-12
Chassis#: SCEDT26TXBD004029
Sold for $53,900
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Northeast
 
1981 DeLorean DMC-12
Sold for $19,800
  2018 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1981 Delorean DMC-12
Chassis#: SCET0T26T4BD001174
Sold for $20,900
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Texas Classic Auction
 
1981 DELOREAN DMC-12
Chassis#: SCEDT26T2BD001089
Sold for $49,500
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1981 Delorean DMC-12 'Gullwing' Coupe
Chassis#: SCEDT26T0BD006940
Sold for $48,400
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale
 
1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 GULLWING
Chassis#: SCEDT26T1BD006431
Sold for $62,700
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1981 Delorean DMC-12
Sold for $26,400
  2018 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1981 Delorean DMC-12
Sold for $37,400
  2018 Mecum : Kissimmee
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1981 DeLorean DMC-12's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1981 DeLorean DMC-12SCEDT26TXBD0008402018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall   
1981 Delorean DMC-12 Gullwing Coupe 2018 Russo & Steele : Monterey   
1981 Delorean DMC-12 2018 Leake Tulsa$20,000  
1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 2018 McCormick's Auction # 64$31,500  
1981 DeLorean DMC-12 2017 Mecum : Dallas$25,000  
1981 DeLorean DMC-12 2017 Mecum : Dallas$27,000  
1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 2017 Leake Auction Dallas$33,000  
1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 2017 Leake Auction Dallas$31,000  
1981 DeLorean DMC 12 2017 Amelia Island Select : Hollywood Wheels Auction $35,000$45,000
1981 DELOREAN DMC-12SCEDT26T7BD0031592017 GPK Auctions Atlantic City$34,000  
1981 Delorean DMC-12 2016 Mecum : Kissimmee$27,000  
1981 Delorean DMC-12 2016 Mecum : Kissimmee$30,000  
1981 DELOREAN DMC-12SCEDT26T0BD0020322015 Mecum Anaheim$30,000  
1981 DeLorean DMC-12SCEDT26TXBD0015212015 Motostalgia Auction Austin Grandprix 2015 $45,000$55,000
1981 DeLorean DMC-12SCEDT26T4BD0064242015 Historics at Brookland   
1981 Delorean DMC-12SCEDT26T0BD0020322014 Mecum : Anaheim$26,000  
1981 DeLorean DMC-12 2014 Auctions America : California$28,500  
1981 Delorean DMC-12 2014 Mecum : Harrisburg   
1981 Delorean DMC-12 2013 Mecum Kansas City$32,000  
1981 DeLorean DMC-12 2013 Auctions America Fall Carlisle$20,000  
1981 Delorean 2012 Mecum's 25th Original Spring Classic Indianapolis$10,000  
1981 Delorean DMC-12 Coupe 2011 Shannons Melbourne Summer Classic Auction $36,000$44,000
1981 Delorean DMC-12 Gullwing Two Door Coupe 2011 Leake Auction Dallas, Texas$20,250  
1981 Delorean DMC-12 GullwingSCEDT26T7BD0047332011 BarrettJackson Orange County   
1981 Delorean DMC-12 2011 Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction 24th Year$20,000  
1981 Delorean 2011 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Auction$45,000  
1981 Delorean DMC12 Gullwing 2010 Mecum Kissimee Auction   
1981 Delorean 2-Door 2010 Mecum Kissimee Auction$24,000  
1981 Delorean Coupe 2009 Mecum Kansas City Auction$13,500  
1981 Delorean 2-door 2009 Mecum Kansas City Auction$10,750  

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